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Links to Sites that provide on-line sculpting and dollmaking lessons
Dollmakers Academy The Shabti Academy for the Dollmaking Arts, sponsored by the Dollmakers'Internet Community, is different from any other online classes. We concentrate on the art and fine craft of making dolls. Our courses concentrate on techniques and not on projects. We cater to the serious dollmaker. We find that many artists who are already professionals still find worth in taking our classes. We welcome all of you who are here toimprove your craft.
On-line classes in a variety of mediums with instructions from industry-recognized doll artists.
Lawrence Mayes "Bud" has been a sculptor for many years. His primary work has been limited edition bronzes. In the last year or so he has become interested in Art Dolls. During that time, he discovered that a number of artist were interested in sculpting guides or aids. He now offers resin models of the anatomy and figure "parts" as a reference tool for sculptors. Sculpted and cast in resin, the studies include various female figure studies, facial studies, arms, legs, hands, ears,feet and Infant suddies. He has also developed an interesting way to make under-armatures (skeletons). Information on all his study Aids is on his Blog. A MUST SEE for those wishing to improve their sculpting skills.LOCATION New Mexico
Patricia Rose Studio Studio- Patricia Rose is an artist who sculpts in polymer clay. She offer molds, sculpting kits, supplies, seminars on doll making, one of a kind dolls, fairies, mermaids and other fantasy figures and much more! Doll sizes range from 3" to 11". Follow her home page to tips and tutorials about working with polymer and her molds.LOCATION Bradenton, FL
Links to Sites that have specific doll making tips, tutorials and techniques
OOAK Guild - One of a Kind Sculptures & Dolls A link to a zip file for a tutorial on how to make fairy or dragon wings (or mermaid fins!) from fantasy film. It's a free download that is pretty detail oriented as far as most online tutorials go.
Elfwood Tutorials (FARP) The Fantasy Art Resource Project brought to you by Elfwood. Lots of great turorials from drawing to writing, to working with computer generated images.
Firing tips from Dalzell Ceramics Ceramic kiln firing tips.Includes tips and menu instructions to: Cones & Controllers, Using The Three Cone System, Loading A Kiln For Best Results, Cracking & Warping Caused By Drying & Cracking, Firing Ceramic Bodies, Success With Lusters, Understanding Crazing, Making Foodsafe Ware, Cracking & Thermal Shock, Firing Red Glazes, Success With China Paints, Porcelain Firing Guide, Solving Glaze Defects, Blisters,Craters and Pinholes,Improving Kiln Uniformity, Firing Handbuilt or Thickcast Ware, Firing Lead Free Glazes, Success With Decals, avoiding Carbon Burnout Problems and more
Fantasy Art Resource Project Giving critical reviews can be more frustrating than getting them. You just don't know what to say, you don't know how much is enough advice, you don't know where the line between style and inaccuracy is, and it may seem like every time you try to be helpful, the advice you give is interpreted incorrectly. This is a comprehensive solution to those problems; an all-users guide to giving out the dirt without burying the artist (or writer, in all cases).
GENERAL SCULPTING TIPS
Doll Station Annex Reference pictures and dollmaking tutorials including:
Barbara's Tutorial (Creating a small baby head, approx. 1.5 inches)
Claudine's Tutorial (Creating a baby doll head)
Kari's Tutorial (Creating a life-size baby head)
Mini-Tutorials (Dottie's wig tutorial, Dianne N.'s cloth-bodied doll, Allie's doll tutorials, Pat's Fairy Wing Tutorial).
Emilys Fairies Follow the Artist Hints - links to some great polymer clay sculpting tutorials including: making fairy wings, sculpting clean, lips, head, etc. Her tutorials are available for download in a pdf format.
Eye Size Chart Chart of eye sizes for a wide variety of animals along with humans, and the equivalent sizes at several common scales for sculpting. A few examples of the animals included are: elephants, dolphins, horses, wolves, and even a few dinosaurs.
Artist Patricia Rose Patricia shares a lot of tips including keeping clay clean, baking, posing and much more.
Critter Tutorial Sculpting a dragon by Julie Sizemore
Sculpting with Aves Apoxie Sculpt /Apoxie Clay:
Articles from Aves Sudios These articles have been written by qualified people in their fields, and have appeared in various publications and mediums. Articles include:
Dolls and Accessories (various articles on creation and restoration)
Plastic Models (various articles)
General Repairs & Restorations (various articles)
Props and Effects (various articles)
Gourd Customization Step by Step Guide with Pictures
Fantasy Sculpting (various articles)
Taxidermy (various articles).
Exclusive dolls and articles for your dollshouse I have dolls poured in Flumo as well as some faerie sculptures in Polymer Clay. Of special interest is my tutorial section where I have step-by-step tutorials on pouring a doll in flumo, costuming an Indian dancer and making faerie wings using semi-precious gemstone powders. LOCATION India
Hofman Doll Works Superb porcelain dolls created in the classic 1" = 1' scale, we also offer plaster doll molds and costume patterns as well as porcelain kits for the miniature doll artist. The site includes tutorials and patterns for miniature dolls. LOCATION: 292 Corbett Creek Rd, Colville, WA 99114
Dolls by Jolene Jolene Thompson's site features tutorial pages showing the body construction of her "Wee'uns" and original one of a kind Aves Apoxie Sculpt and polymer clay art dolls. <br>Includes elven folk, fairies, mermaids, and other art dolls. Also contains authorized figures of characters from fantasy writer, Mercedes Lackey. <br>Jolene's acrylic paintings range from CD covers created for Firebird Arts and Music to wolves, Victorian houses, portraits, landscapes and Native American. LOCATION: Oregon
Goddess Dreams Artist Aidamaris Roman - Tutorials and a sculpting aid for beginners. A very detailed fairy head with lots of face details and pointy ears. This head is about 1 1/2 " and about 2" with neck. She is made out of resin.
MSAT Mini Dolls Click on the Tips Archive for a lot of tips ranging from sculpting to wig making.
Katherine Dewey's Elven Works Lots of tips and techniques for the Polymer clay doll artists, Selecting Your Clay, Preparing your Clay, Forums, Workbooks and books available, Specific tips for working in polymer clay, doll armatures, painting and making accessories such as animals. A MUST SEE site for the polymer clay artist!
Polymer Clay Central A vast amount of information about working in polymer clays, including instructions, projects, and tips & techniques. Follow the links.
Mohair Wig .com Susan Doyan supplies wefted mohair in a variety of colors as well as wefted human hair for use in dollmaking. She has a tutorial on her site “Make an Applied Wig for Your Doll”.
Jean Lotz Although Jean creates in a variety of media, she is best known for her wooden dolls. Work includes her "Hitty" dolls and others. Lots of information and links to wood carving information as well as other doll artists, organizations and tips and tricks. LOCATION: Lacombe, LA.
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